[foundation-board] Fwd: Update on the Roles of Jonathan, Laura, Marcus and myself

Laura James laura.james at okfn.org
Fri Dec 21 10:04:40 UTC 2012

I attach a rough org chart.

Please note that Marcus Dapp is not shown, as we have yet to finalise his
new role and he is at present away following a family bereavement. He may
fit in the Services unit or be more of a conventional external consultant.

Best regards,



Dr Laura James
Open Knowledge Foundation


On 19 December 2012 15:45, Gavin Starks <gavin at dgen.net> wrote:

> Thanks for the update - it would be useful (to me at least) to see this
> represented in an org chart.
> I realise this may go counter to the perception of flat, but I find them
> geniunely useful.
> Apologies I wasn't able to make the board meeting last week as it sounds
> like it was very productive.
> Shall we catch up in Jan for a debrief?
> Merry Christmas all.
> thanks
> Gavin
> On 19 December 2012 11:28, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I’ve just sent the below to our team after discussions with Laura,
>> Marcus and Jonathan (this follows up the discussion at the board
>> meeting last week). We felt it important to communicate something as
>> soon as possible to the rest of the team, but, I would like to
>> emphasize that exact titles and role descriptions of myself, Laura and
>> Jonathan are something we’d obviously expect to discuss and confirm
>> with the board in detail (hence “quoted” titles). This is something we
>> will return to early in the New Year.
>> All the best and very merry Christmas to you all,
>> Rufus
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>
>> Date: 19 December 2012 11:26
>> Subject: Update on the Roles of Jonathan, Laura, Marcus and myself
>> To: "staff at okfn.org" <staff at okfn.org>
>> Dear All,
>> I wanted to write to give you some updates on the roles of myself,
>> Laura, Jonathan and Marcus.
>> Laura will be coming on full time from January as ‘Co-Executive
>> Director’ alongside me. We will share responsibility for day to day
>> general management and organisational strategy, and be responsible for
>> overall direction and operation of the organisation.
>> Jonathan will be working closely with Laura, Rufus and the rest of the
>> coordination team and wider organization overseeing areas such as our
>> relationship with partners and key stakeholders; developing strategy
>> and vision for the organization as a whole as well as for the units;
>> coaching and mentoring team members especially on our vision and
>> engaging with key stakeholders and the public; thought leadership,
>> blogging, and representing the Foundation at events and meetings.
>> Whilst Jonathan doesn’t have any line reports or a budget to manage,
>> he will remain a critical part of our team along with Rufus and Laura.
>> He will remain part time until he completes his PhD in 2013.
>> Marcus will be stepping down from the executive team as of now, but
>> will be continuing to work with the OKF in the new year. In particular
>> Marcus will be working with Gavin to grow our professional services
>> work, and also will be available to support and mentor heads of unit
>> as needed. We are very grateful for all of Marcus’s work in 2012 in
>> the executive team which has been highly professional and thoughtful,
>> and especially in driving our strategic planning through the year, and
>> look forward to working with him in the future.
>> I will be continuing as ‘co-Executive Director’, helping to manage the
>> organization along with Laura and set its direction along with Laura,
>> Jonathan and all of you. Over the last 18 months I’ve been stepping
>> back from day-to-day project management and that’s mostly complete.
>> I’ll of course be helping or advising across the organization where
>> needed but I’ll be focusing on “steering the ship” and empowering the
>> team rather than directly doing or managing specific activities. (I’ll
>> no doubt still be able to fit in the occasional piece of open data
>> wrangling and coding on my evenings or weekends - just like any other
>> community member! ;-)
>> In the future you may hear people refer to the “coordination team”
>> which consists of the heads of unit, co-executive directors, and
>> Jonathan. The “Executive Team” will no longer exist.
>> We’ve had a lot of change this year with the introduction of more
>> formal structures and processes than we’ve had in the past. The aim of
>> this is to facilitate us all to work together more smoothly as a
>> virtual organization. We are and will remain a very flat,
>> collaborative organization with lightweight management structures and
>> practices so we can stay agile, whilst enabling us to grow as we have
>> done in recent times.  We now have clearer lines of communication so
>> it’s easier to know who to talk to, and so everyone knows who has
>> responsibility for what - across the team.
>> All the best,
>> Rufus
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